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Mid Yorkshire Acute Clinic Referral Information
This is an important reminder that as from the end of the working day on Friday 30th November, the Mid Yorkshire Acute Eye Centre will only accept referrals by NHS Mail. After that time, the fax machine will no longer be in use and the department will only accept referrals from an NHS Mail account. Everyone should ensure that all staff are aware of this important change. A guide to the email process is available from the downloads section of this website.

CET Evening : 25th September 2018
In the first of the Autumn/Winter CET lectures this year we are pleased to welcome Peter Charlesworth whose presentation/workshop will be entitled 'What makes us fit to practice?'

A former lecturer at the University of Bradford and Tutor Practitioner at Boots, Peter has been involved in designing and developing education for most of his professional life. His presentation summary says: "Complaints against optometrists can come from a variety of sources, not just from patients. How can you avoid being the subject of a fitness to practise case and if you are, what are the best ways to minimise any sanction? My lecture will review the GOC's fitness to practice procedure and will review the findings of recent FTP hearings."

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th September and will start promptly at 6.15pm following on from a buffet available from 5.45pm. The CET type will be a discussion workshop, will be worth 3 CET points and will be suitable for Optometrists/Dispensing Opticians/Contact Lens Opticians and Therapeutic Optometrists.

Following on from Peters event will be a short presentation by Moira Horsfield talking about Low Vision Services in Wakefield. Moira will explain how to access the services and what they can offer. This should be an interesting and varied evening and we do hope you will come along. The venue, as usual will be the Holmfield Eating Inn, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield WF2 8DY

If you would like to attend, please email your details and GOC number to cet@wakefieldoptometry.org.uk so that we can prepare the CET paperwork and order appropriate refreshments. The number of places will be strictly limited so early application is recommended as a high demand is expected.
(20th August 2018)

Mid Yorkshire Acute Clinic Email Referrals
Mid Yorkshire recently advised all practices in Wakefield that from Monday 6th August, referrals into the Ophthalmology Acute Clinic can be sent via email. Although very welcome, it was unfortunately the first the LOC had heard about this change and we were taken by surprise.

Over the last week we have been able to establish a little more detail about the change and get answers to some of the questions that immediately spring to mind. Referral by email offers new opportunities for practices in that they will be able to share such things as diagnostic images with the hospital. This will not only make useful images available to the clinician doing the initial triage but save the hospital money and time in that important information will already be to hand.

Although this sounds straight forwards, a few rules and guidelines will ensure the process runs smoothly and so in these early stages it will be easier to list a series of questions and answers which are be available from and constantly updated on the WLOC website in the Downloads Section. Feedback to Wakefield LOC would be much appreciated and you can do this by emailing info@wakefieldoptometry.org.uk
(20th August 2018)

Changes to the EOS Claim Form
A slightly amended version of the current EOS Activity and Claim Form will be appearing shortly. Changes to NICE Guidelines has meant that the form has needed to be updated in a few places as well as the contractual terms of service. Wakefield CCG will be in touch to those affected practices in the next few days.

The biggest change will be that when referring patients for cataract, a Quality Of Life Questionnaire will need to be completed and retained with the patients record. It is a simple tick box form and establishes that the practice has discussed the various aspects of cataract surgery with the patient. It is also important to always offer patient the full range of cataract provider options and to help this an updated waiting time document is being prepared. The cataract and IOP Referral Guidelines have also been updated.

Copies of the the new forms (in both Excel and Open Office) will be emailed out by the Wakefield CCG very shortly and available shortly from the LOC website in the next few days.
(20th August 2018)

SpaMedica claims changes
Following a review, SpaMedia have been advised by their Data Protection Officer that due to new GDPR regulations, SpaMedica accounts can only accept claim forms for payment via the following methods from 1st August2018.

1) by secure fax on 0161 835 1704

2) by post to Accounts Department, SpaMedica Ltd, SpaMedica House, 43 Churchgate, Bolton, BL1 1HU

3) by secure email only from an nhs.net email account or encrypted document to spamedica.accounts@nhs.net

Many of our local practices will already have an NHS Mail account (and will need one now for acute referrals to Mid Yorkshire) but for those who haven't NHS.net email addresses are available to community optometrists by applying through the following link at https://portal.nhs.net/Help/joiningnhsmail.
(18th August 2018)